Online Course: Introduction to Groundwater Modelling with MODFLOW

An interactive and practical introduction to developing groundwater flow models

MODFLOW is widely considered as an international standard in groundwater flow modelling. Herein we offer a training in MODFLOW-2005, which is capable of simulating steady and transient flow in an irregularly shaped system in which aquifers can be confined, unconfined and mixed. The course is intended for groundwater professionals without a prior modelling experience.

Places are limited to allow for greater interaction. Register quickly to secure your place!

Date: Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Time: 10:30am (Australia/Sydney; find your local time)

Cost: AUD$295 (about $200 US dollars)

Contact: Joel Voortman



Konrad Miotlinski

Edith Cowan University

Dr Konrad Miotlinski has 15+ years research and consulting experience across Europe, Australia and South America. He has used his models to plan and optimise operation of managed aquifer recharge... Read more


MODFLOW is a free software that allows users to model the groundwater flow. Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the program is used by hydrogeologists to simulate the flow of groundwater through aquifers.

By the end of the course you will learn how to:

  • create a new numerical groundwater flow model with MODFLOW-2005 / MODFLOW-NWT;
  • import data (shapefiles, images, spreadsheets);
  • manually input data;
  • link packages with their parameters;
  • run a simulation;
  • visualise and export the results.

You will receive a training manual which will help you to solidify your knowledge.

Follow along with instructor Konrad Miotlinski, a teacher in a variety of modelling courses for 7 years. This interactive session will allow you to ask questions and interact with other students as you build a model in real-time, as you develop the skills and knowledge to be able to run a groundwater model.


  • The course is delivered by the learning platform and online video classroom.
  • 2 live and interactive sessions of 2 hours over two weeks.
    • Tuesday, 1 October, 10:30am (Sydney Time).
    • Tuesday, 8 October, 10:30am (Sydney Time).
    • Sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform (within 24hrs after session), if you cannot attend live.
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to read through via the learning platform.
  • Exercises via training manual between the 2 week’s live sessions.

Requirements: A good internet connection and MODFLOW.

Outcome: On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.


Pre-course Preparation:

  1. Download and install software directly from the USGS website (MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-NWT, ModelMuse, Model Viewer).
  2. Complete pre-course survey.
  3. Read the introduction of training manual.
  4. Watch the introductory webinar on MODFLOW.
  5. Watch the video which starts following an installation of ModelMuse.

Day One: Tuesday 1 October, 10:30am-12:30pm (Sydney Time)
Will be recorded and uploaded to this unit soon after the session.

  1. Day-One Session Survey
  2. Exercise on developing a multilayer groundwater model with various types of boundary conditions
  3. Submit questions from the exercise/your own work

You will receive a model to explore multiplier arrays, to import shape files and transient data, to work with interpolated objects among other concepts

Day Two: Tuesday 8 October, 10:30am-12:30pm (Sydney Time)
Will be recorded and uploaded to this unit soon after the session.

  1. Develop a regional scale model with MODFLOW-NWT
  2. Final discussion and feedback
  3. Complete the final Quiz (to receive your certificate)

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